Tuesday, 29 April 2008
101: GLC 3
in “Private Eye” 28 August 1981
Tchh! Gay police, what a thing!
This draws upon several “Private Eye” in-jokes. The recurring character of Dave Spart is a rambling self-contradictory ultra-left wing commentator, so Livingstone become Leninspart. In their mock news stories, they often use a photograph of someone with a passing resemblance to the real person being satirised. In this care, it’s “Alexander Sinclair”, a recently murdered gangland boss.
“Isaac Newt” is a reference to Livingstone’s keeping newts for pets. He also made a speech to the Harrow Gay Unity Group in August 1981 where he said “Everyone is bisexual”.